Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts

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This fresh and flavorful ginger teriyaki grilled chicken is a family favorite, but the marinade is also delicious with pork, beef, or grilled vegetables.

Cutting ginger teriyaki grilled chicken breasts.

I’ve been grilling for as long as I can remember thanks to my dad who always let me be in charge. Whether it was juicy steaks, bone-in split chicken breasts, or a pork tenderloin, he always let me take over. While we love grilling a bit of everything, we grill chicken more than anything else. As a result, I love coming up with new and creative chicken marinades that would be just as delicious on any other type of protein I have on hand. That’s how I came up with this delicious Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts recipe.


  • Chicken breasts: High protein, low calories and it cooks quickly on the grill.
  • Soy sauce: Low-sodium soy sauce still adds wonderful umami flavor to the marinade.
  • Lemon juice: I prefer to use a fresh lemon, but store-bought lemon juice will also work.
  • Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil, regular, or even avocado oil helps to thicken and add volume to the marinade.
  • Hoisin sauce: Thick with an intense flavor that is slightly salty and sweet.
  • Ginger: Pungent, slightly spicy and peppery, with a sweet aftertaste, it pairs great with garlic.
  • Garlic: A favorite ingredient of mine, it’s strong flavor goes great with almost everything.
  • Sesame oil: I prefer to use toasted sesame oil, as it has a stronger earthy, nutty flavor.
  • Chili paste: You can skip it if you want, but it adds a wonderful kick to the marinade.

How to Make Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts

Adding soy sauce to bowl

Start your Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts by adding soy sauce to a large bowl.

Adding hoison sauce to bowl

Next add the hoisin sauce.

Adding lemon juice to bowl 1

Then add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, making sure to catch the seeds.

Drizzling olive oil into bowl

Stir in the olive oil.

Grating garlic into bowl 1

Then use a microplane to grate the garlic and ginger into the bowl.

Adding sesame oil to bowl

Next add the sesame oil.

Adding chili paste to bowl

And finish with the chili paste, then stir to mix thoroughly.

Putting chicken in bag

Then put your chicken breasts in a large resealable bag and pour the marinade over the top. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes to an hour, but preferable overnight for optimum flavor.

Grilling teriyaki chicken

When ready to cook, preheat your grill to high heat and throw the chicken on and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165.

Ginger teriyaki grilled chicken breasts.

Serve whole or sliced, garnished with sesame seeds, and enjoy your Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken breasts!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does teriyaki chicken go with?

Serve it over rice, noodles, or aside grilled vegetables or a slaw.

Can you use teriyaki marinade as sauce?

Not after you’ve used it on raw chicken, but if you wanted to whip some up to serve over rice or noodles, it’s delicious!

How do you store leftover terikayki chicken?

Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Ginger teriyaki grilled chicken breasts.

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Liz eating ginger teriyaki grilled chicken breasts.

Popular with kids and adults alike, the whole family will love my Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts!

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Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts

4.75 stars average
This fresh and flavorful teriyaki marinade is ideal with chicken but also delicious with pork, beef or grilled vegetables.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 15 minutes



  • Place the chicken breasts in a large resealable plastic bag and add all remaining ingredients.
  • Seal bag and toss well to coat. Marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  • To cook, pre-heat grill to high heat. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side, turning once, or until fully cooked through.

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Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 6.5gProtein: 35.8gFat: 10.4gSaturated Fat: 1.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.3gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1140mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.8g
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10 responses to “Ginger Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breasts”

  1. Jean Avatar

    Wonderful recipe! The marinade really flavored the chicken unlike others that just flavor the exterior. I chose to use chicken thighs and let them marinade overnight then grilled them the next day.

    A very big compliment to you: I have used many of your recipes and the flavoring/seasoning is always right on. Never have to “tinker” with it! Thank you for another winner.


    Hi there, this looks so yummy! Gonna make tonight! I am.going to bake it in the oven though. Hopefully it will come out as well..any tips?Thanks

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!!! Great idea!

    2. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      My tip is not to over cook – chicken breasts are fast cooking! Otherwise I would broil it like a grill – 7 minutes per side or so.

  3. Lavues Avatar

    I loved the sauce of teriyaki, such a delicious meal you’ve prepared!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Ken!

  4. Liz Avatar

    Thank you for the nice and simple recipe.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      My pleasure Liz! Happy June!

  5. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It Avatar
    Marina @ A Dancer’s Live-It

    I just started grilling and I absolutely LOVE it! Usually that’s my Dad’s job, but last year he introduced me to grilling more complicated things like fish in a basket or kebabs. I’m hooked! These are next on the list to grill :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh that’s awesome you’ve started grilling!! Good for you!!